Government agencies can now conduct mass searches of Americans’ computers, cell phones

WASHINGTON (CNN) – On Thursday, all it takes is a single search warrant and federal agents can search millions of Americans’ computers and cell phones.

A bipartisan group of senators tried to stop the rule from taking effect, but Republican Senate leaders denied their requests for a vote.

The Justice Department says the updated rule is needed to help them investigate and track down cyber criminals.

Oregon Senator Ron Wyden, one of the senators who tried to block the rule, calls it “government hacking and surveillance.”

Wyden promised to introduce a new bill in the next Congress to repeal it.

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